Tiger Suit - KT Tunstall

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. As sonically pleasing as it is, Tiger Suit isn't a mere vehicle for sound; it's built upon Tunstall's strongest set of songs yet, and it's no coincidence that they're her most ambitious, either: she may be firmly within the mainstream but she's taking risks as a composer and record-maker, never settling into the role of the earnest earthbound folkie, winding up with an excellent album that satisfies as pure sound and as songwriting sustenance.
  2. Dec 13, 2010
    Tiger Suit has quickly (and surprisingly) become one of my favorite new albums, and deservedly enough.
  3. 80
    She's full of ideas on this sonically, adventurous effort. [Oct 2010, p.108]
  4. As ever, she's at her best when her guard is down. [Oct. 2010, p. 113]
  5. On her third album, Tiger Suit, she leavens sleek pop songs with her warm-whiskey rasp, clawing against the digitized guitar in Difficulty and rocketing up the center of the galloping, tribal Uummannaq Song.
  6. 60
    Thanks to KT Tunstall's compelling whiskey-and-cigarettes voice, everything she tackles demands to be heard -- though not everything here absolutely needs to be.
  7. Despite her self-confessed lack of confidence when it comes to crossing musical boundaries, Tunstall proves that in the guise of her Tiger Suit she can achieve anything she puts her mind to. For her at least, 2010 is the year of the Tiger.
  8. With commercial radio all about that urban groove thing these days, it's little wonder that the Scottish singer KT Tunstall decorates her Lilith Fair-style songwriting chops with electro-pop beats on her third studio album, Tiger Suit.
  9. It's introspective in places, but mostly Tiger Suit is fierce, claws-out fun.
  10. A series of spry, spirited pop meditations on love and lust and discovery, KT Tunstall's third album sounds like the soundtrack for a film in which the successful, single protagonist finds herself by losing everything and falling in love.
  11. Tiger Suit fails because it doesn't refine or advance Tunstall's songwriting in any way when compared to her previous efforts.
  12. Three albums in, Tunstall appears undamaged, an ordinary girl you'd want to spend time with and an honest performer it's hard to dislike.
  13. Where she was once a gutsy folk-pop mature-student, tailor-made for the modern-day Radio 2, she now has the power and arrangements to begin approximating the diva she tried to sell us when collecting Brit Awards for her debut album mid-decade, punching the air for women in pop and attempting to align herself with Kate Bush.
  14. Although the occasional inspired lyrical hook pokes through, all too often the need to match the amped-up production leads to generic blah in the words department.
  15. Tiger Suit wears a different skin than her previous recordings, and the highs and lows are obvious.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Gus
    Oct 5, 2010
    This is definitely her best album yet. I really don't believe that critics at all in this case. They're doing way too much comparing. Just because she had two hit singles (Suddenly I See and Black Horse and the Cherry Tree), it doesn't mean she has to live up to that or meet those musical expectations. In fact, every other song on her first album is totally different from Suddenly I See and Black Horse. Every song on "Tiger Suit" is beautifully crafted. Even if you don't like a particular song, you still have to appreciate it for its musical layering. Also, METACRITIC, I've seen a LOT more reviews of this album and they're not on here. Just saying. Full Review »
  2. Jan 14, 2011
    Perhaps not as catchy as her previous work, but Tiger Suit offers a blend of acoustic and pop fused together. It takes more time to get in but in general it's a nice album packed with strong songs. Some tunes offers a cold and mysterious feeling (uumanaaq song // like a weirdo) while other are meant for happy moments (fade like a shadow // Glamour Puss) Full Review »
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    My favorite album of the year. The more I listen to each song, the more I fully appreciate the album. This is one of those albums you can't help but clap and sing along with. The shake shimmy hustle and bustle of this album is nothing short of infectious. Is she doing anything ground-breaking here? Not really. But that doesn't take away from the strength of this album. Full Review »